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Big Dragons Don't Cry (A Dragon's Guide to Destiny Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. M. Barrett
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Book Description

Book 1 of A Dragon's Guide to Destiny. Book 2: Dance with Clouds. Book 3: House of the Moon. Book 4: Book of Sorrows.

A dragon with low self-esteem, a kitten with attitude, a woman who feels too much, and a man who feels too little collide in "a great fantasy read, with all the things we love." (Amazon reviewer)

Morale in the country of Oasis has never been worse. The Earthers, a tree-hugging sect, beg forgiveness for their crimes against twigs and weeds. The Godlies preach penitence and suffering and inspire their followers into submission by threatening them with an afterlife spent being chased by a fire-breathing dragon.

All Oasans fear the dragon in the swamp at the country's edge, and they don't know that he fears them. Druid, a water dragon who puts out fires, steams up when he learns that a cunning opportunist intends to exploit dragonphobia and have the dragon killed so that he can level the swamp for suburban housing.

Tara, a kitten with charisma, is trying to bring humans back into balance. She needs to enlist Serazina, a young human woman who hides her ability to read emotions in order to avoid imprisonment in the Ward for the Chronically Crazy. Serazina's troubles grow when Phileas, Guardian of Oasis, chooses her to be the mother of the heir he so badly needs. Before he can consider fatherhood, he needs to stem the mysterious rumors that he's soft on dragons.

Somehow these four must overcome communication difficulties, mutual mistrust, and delusions of human superiority to save the country. Otherwise, even though Druid doesn't breathe fire, Oasis will be toast.

From the Book:

Orion stood on a ridge overlooking the city. As he swayed, exhausted and hungry, the threads of its winding, dirty streets seemed to tighten around his neck in a noose that limited both breath and freedom.

His sister, Sekhmet, nuzzled him with her black nose. “Lost in thought?”

“Wishing you’d waited a year or so to haul me away from the good life.”

“We thought we’d better get on the road before you wore out your equipment, Mr. Tomcat Stud.”

Orion’s other sister, Bast, trotted toward them, her white fur gleaming in starlight. “We’ve come to the right place. The pull is strong.”

“Praise the Many-Taloned One,” Sekhmet said. “My paws are killing me.”

The lights of the city flickered in eye-burning imitation of the starry sky. “It’s not going to be easy,” Orion said. “The smell alone makes me gag. It’s not just the physical stench, but also the foul odor of self-righteousness and fear. And some of the fear is mine. I’ve never failed before.”

Sekhmet raised her ears. “It’s hard to fail when you mount a willing cat. I’m glad you realize you’re facing a far bigger challenge. It gives me hope that you’ve become something more than a swaggering young tom. She of the Rough Tongue is molding you into the cat you were always meant to be.”

“I don’t know about Her rough tongue, but I’ve never doubted yours.”

Bast growled softly. “Enough. Orion, you have to guide us now.”

Panic bristled his fur. “I don’t know; I can’t feel anything.”

Bast scraped her claws against a stone. “Then ask to feel. Have you forgotten you were chosen for more than shining fur and golden eyes?”

“And equipment,” Sekhmet said.

He turned his back on them and washed himself briskly to hide his shame. How could he forget the first lesson all kittens learned? When you got lost, She would always nudge you home.

Orion closed his eyes, and the rasp of Her tongue shivered through him, massaging away the tension that had tightened his limbs, clearing away the resistance and fear that had hidden his path, and even temporarily blurring the memory of well-fed, sleek females.

One final moment of doubt kept him in place. “Are humans worth our sacrifice?”

“Not yet, they aren’t,” Bast said, “but we’re weaving a dream.”

Orion loped down the hill, praying that the gathering strands wouldn’t knot into a noose.

Product Details

  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rainbow Dragon Press (August 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFND4
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Allegory May 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Big Dragons Don't Cry is a deeply moving portrayal of man's destructive attitude towards animals and nature which challenges our established notions of dealing with such issues. The author's greatest feat is to deliver this hard-hitting message without ever `preaching' to her reader. Instead, the author creates wonderful characters such as the water dragon Druid and the cat Tara, who form bonds of companionship that override prejudices and illuminate this story.

The author succeeds in interweaving several threads of plot; her deft handling of these different plots allows the story to conclude with a terrific climax. The combination of an important moral message with a swashbuckling sense of adventure reminds me of Avatar.

One of the book's greatest strengths is that it constantly grounds its humour and adventure with an important overriding message - which is one heck of a feat for any author to pull off. This allows the book to pull off its key emotional moments with dexterity and depth.

Read this book - you won't regret doing so.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The author spins an interwoven story line with some of the best descriptive elements found.

There is a serious undertone to the moralistic message. But, this message is delivered in such a way that it just becomes the fundamental principle on which the story is based.

The characterization and personifications were well done and the characters come alive with intensity.

If you like to have your thoughts provoked then this is a great read for you.

This is a strong 4 star book and the author has delivered a work worthy of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not well written April 24, 2014
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Candid in Space. Way too much tech stuff combined with a naïve hero and lots of violence. Easy to pass up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Dragons February 3, 2013
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Didn't really care for the story line. Felt that the dragon was not the main character and didn't feel that the characters were well-developed. Needed more background story to explain why people were like they were.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Dragon's Don't Cry July 2, 2011
Big Dragons Don't Cry is a delightful fantasy that offers imaginative characters--both human and animal--spectacular imagery, laugh-out-loud dialog, and a killer plot. It is also one fable where the lesson never overwhelms the story.

A few of my favorite characters include Druid, the water dragon, who has issues with his absentee parents; savvy cats that are reminiscent of all the cats that owned me; Phileas, the male lead, who is too smart for his own good; Serazina, the female lead, whose emotions touched my heart; and Malvern Snow, the malicious antagonist, who can best be described in the author's own words: "...Malvern moved closer, the smile of nightmares on his face."

The author's writing made me yearn for the possibilities that became a reality in this book, and I look forward to the sequel. In fact, her cinematic writing is perfect for the big screen, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Big Dragons Don't Cry will soon appear at a nearby theater.
BIG DRAGONS DON'T CRY - A Dragon's Guide to Destiny: Book I
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! April 18, 2011
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I was able to receive a review copy of this book and consider myself extremely fortunate. I loved this story! The author's writing style is so comfortable to read and everything had a lovely flow to it. Being able to travel back and forth from animals to humans and back again, seemed effortless. And the viewpoints and voice of each character in the book was so unique. One thing the author did that not many do, is to start off with a chart of who is who. I found this so helpful and wish more fantasy writers would do this.

There was a very deep message to be found underlying the interesting plot, but at no time was it heavy handed. It did give a message for us all to think about, but I never felt like I was being hit with a "lesson." Because of this, the story was fun, and fascinating without being preachy.

I had wanted to read this book as I have read a few of the author's short stories and loved them. This writer's love for nature and animals, as well as people, comes through her writing so strongly. But I think that the thing I enjoyed most of all was that this story was also a story of redemption and hope. I am looking forward to seeing what else this writer has to say to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully weaved tale October 17, 2013
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The story read quick, full of intertwined storylines, and wonderful characters. I adored the cats, and dragons of course! The heroic little Tara, a tiny kitten with a big burden is one of my favorite characters. This tale shows the good and bad side to humanity as others may see it-something I like to see in my readings. Without giving this away, the author 's writing style is active, with no dragging in passive voice, and painted scenes with skill and beauty.
I look forward to book 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Dragon Stories! July 26, 2013
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This story kept my interest as you never knew when the dragon was going to show up and how it was going to act. I liked the way everyone tried to say that the dragon was bad, but it turned out that it was just a baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'teddy bear' in a dragon's body. A book that will make you cry.
I am accustomed to reading about dragons either being evil fire-breathing monsters of destruction, or elusive and intelligent beings that are just waiting to be 'tamed' or having... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ArDee
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthropomorphized Animals
A tale of "back to nature" told from a mixed perspective of animals and humans. First in a series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sam Poe
5.0 out of 5 stars But they do!
If you've ever wondered about your cat's condescending attitude toward you, here is an enlightening possibility. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Changala
4.0 out of 5 stars Druid is my kinda DRAGON
funny yet moving story that carried me along with it ... enjoyed this book gonna read more by CM Barrett
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Big DRAGONS DON't cry
Hard to get interested at first, but a great page turner once you settled in. Nice story with a moral.
Published 23 months ago by Madelynn Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Dragons Don't Cry
What a great fantasy read, with all the things we love, talking cats, dragons and foolish humans. I have purchased the next 2 and can hardly wait to start them.
Published on November 21, 2012 by Kathy Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Dragons Don't Cry
"Big Dragons Don't Cry," by C.M. Barrett, is a cautionary tale concerning the destructive attitude of humans towards nature and animals; our arrogant assumption
that we are... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Elanor
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining, Delightful Read!
This is a very well written story, and I've read it twice, loving it both times. When I read a book twice, that means it's exceptionally good! Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Sharon Moles
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats, Critters, and More...
I love animals of all kinds and the animal characters in BIG DRAGONS DON'T CRY are the best ones I've ever read. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by P.June Diehl
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More About the Author

Despite the evidence of the photo to the right, C. M. Barrett is not a cat. Because she has to spend so much time thinking like one in order to write her series, A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, and to survive in a home run by feline overlords, she sometimes forgets that she's human. The cats encourage this until it's time for a run to the pet store.

They also encouraged her to write a book about Bach Flower Remedies for cats and (with greater reluctance) dogs.

The cats are very enthusiastic about her volume of short stories, named after the first story, Cats in Command. That's how they view the world, and they'd like you to view it that way, too.

The series remains their favorite. The four volumes of A Dragon's Guide to Destiny are: Big Dragons Don't Cry, Dance with Clouds,House of the Moon, and Book of Sorrows.

You can visit C. M. Barrett's website at for updated information and cat pictures.


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